Cape Town - JP Duminy makes his long-awaited return from injury and will
captain the Cape Cobras when they host the Titans
in a One-Day Cup outing at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.
The Proteas star has been sidelined for the
past four-and-a-half months with a shoulder injury, but after a slight delay
with his return, is finally fit to feature again.
His return will not only be a boost to the Cobras, but also
the national selectors, as the 34-year-old remains an integral part of South
Africa's World Cup plans.
And he walks into a Cobras side that has won two and lost
two of their opening four games of the campaign, although they have shown
impressive signs in almost all of their games.
Spinner George Linde says that playing the Titans was always
one of the highlights of the Cape side's calendar, adding that they were hoping
to build on beating the Highveld Lions in their previous match last
"It's one of the matches every season that we relish," he
said. "We enjoy playing against the Titans. If we win this game, we will have
momentum on our side."
Linde has been a central figure for the Cobras in the first
four games, either with his wickets or his new batting role further up the
"My consistency has improved and I can now frustrate batsmen
who cannot pierce the field and then I force them into fatal errors," he added.
Apart from Duminy, Hashim Amla is also available for the
Cobras after he was rested by the national team for the first part of the
one-day series against Sri Lanka.
The Titans too have a significant reinforcement after Aiden
Markram joined them from the Proteas.
Captain Heinrich Klaasen admits that losing to the Lions in
midweek was not ideal, but feels they are in a good space to continue building
in the Mother City.
"We put in a lot of hard work over the last two weeks, but
unfortunately the 310 we made was not enough," he stated. "They paced their
innings perfectly, we helped them by not bowling particularly well. That's just
how it goes sometimes.
"We need to go back to the drawing board now to see how we
can improve. The turnaround between games this week is very short after nearly
14 days without a game.
"Now there's three back-to-back matches, which we can't
help. It's all part of the scheduling. That is why we've been training hard
over the last two weeks."
The Titans, who have one win in three so far, will lose
Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi for the game, but Klaasen is confident in the
back-up that has joined.
"We lose Lungi and Shamsi now with a few new faces coming
it," he added. "We look forward to the new energy."
The Cobras squad is:
Hashim Amla, David Bedingham,
Tladi Bokako, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, JP Duminy (capt),
Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Kyle
The Titans squad is:
Farhaan Behardien, Gregory
Mahlokwana, Imraan Manack, Junior Dala, Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi,
Heinrich Klaasen (capt), Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Aiden Markram, Tshepo Moreki,
Chris Morris, Jonathan Vandiar